Dog almost dies after eating five packets of chewing gum

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A dog almost died after eating five packets of chewing gum and collapsing.

Coco munched 30 pieces of sugar-free spearmint gum which contains a sweetener that is toxic to dogs.

She swallowed the gum after finding the packets in a drawer she managed to pull out while her owner was away.

James Michael returned home to find Coco collapsed in the kitchen and immediately called vets to help.

Sugar-free gum contains a sweetener that is toxic to dogs called xylitol, which is also found in some sweets, mouthwashes, toothpastes and supplements.>Signs of poisoning can be rapid or delayed, and include vomiting, lethargy, convulsions and comas.